Female-headed families receiving child support in the United States

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Definitions: Families headed by an unmarried women (living with one or more of her own children under age 18) receiving child support payments during the previous calendar year.

"Own children" include never-married persons under age 18 who are the sons or daughters of the householder (head of household). The householder's stepchildren and adopted children are also counted as "own children." Families categorized as receiving child support include those receiving partial payment, as well as those receiving full payment. It also should be noted that there is no child support award in place in many of these families. 

Data Source: 2017 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) Research File, 2018 CPS ASEC Bridge File, 2019 CPS ASEC. Estimates represent a three-year average.

Footnotes: Updated September 2019.